Janet Jackson is assuming control of her career, literally and figuratively, with her own record label, Rhythm Nation, a new album and a new tour, Unbreakable, that will launch at the end of August and run through November.
The North American concert trek is her first since here her "Number Ones" greatest hits tour in 2011. The Unbreakable tour will begin Aug. 31 in Vancouver and conclude Nov. 13 in Honolulu. It includes an Oct. 17 performance at San Diego State University's Viejas Arena. (A full list of tour dates appears below.)
At the stroke of midnight on May 16, her 49th birthday, Jackson announced her plans for a new album and tour. In the case of her Unbreakable tour, the website for Live Nation, the tour's producer, posted tour dates Sunday night, as did ticketmaster.com. As of this writing Sunday night, most but not all of the scheduled tour dates appear on the Ticketmaster and Live Nation websites.
Jackson's most recent studio album of new songs, "Discipline," was released in 2008 and fared poorly commercially and artistically. Her "Unbreakable" tour and new album (presumably also to be titled "Unbreakable") announcement seem designed to re-position her and provide a much-needed career boost. BMG will distribute her album, but she will have full creative control.
Tickets for the Unbreakable tour, including the San Diego show, will go on sale to the general public June 22 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at livenation.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000. Here is the direct Ticketmaster link for her Viejas Arena show.
Ticket prices for the San Diego concert range from $45 to $250 each, plus service charges. More information on the tour is available on her website.
A pre-sale for American Express card holders will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, June 15, as will pre-sales for fans ordering Jackson's new album and through the Live Nation mobile app. Venue, radio station and Ticketmaster pre-sales will also begin at 10 a.m. Monday, June 15.
JANET JACKSON NORTH AMERICAN UNBREAKABLE TOUR DATES
Aug. 31 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Sep. 2 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
Sep. 4 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Sep. 8 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Sep. 11 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
Sep. 15 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Sep. 17 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Sep. 18 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
Sep. 20 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
Sep. 23 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Sep. 24 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
Sep. 26 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheater
Sep. 27 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
Sep. 29 Memphis, TN Fedex Forum
Sep. 30 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
Oct. 9 Las Vegas, NV AXS @ Planet Hollywood
Oct. 10 Las Vegas, NV AXS @ Planet Hollywood
Oct. 16 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Oct. 17 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
Oct. 19 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Oct. 24 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena
Oct. 25 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Oct. 27. Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Oct. 29 St Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
Oct 30. Omaha, NE Centurylink Center
Nov. 1 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Nov. 12 Honolulu, HI Neal S. Blaisdell Center